7th January 2011, MEADVILLE, Pa.—The Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (YMWI) has created the Karl T. Bruhn Memorial Research Fund to honor and continue the work of its late founder. Bruhn is widely acknowledged as the “Father of Music Making and Wellness” and a tireless advocate of Recreational Music Making.
Bruhn was a long time senior executive at Yamaha Corporation of America; the first Director of Market Development for NAMM, the International Music Products Association; and Chairman of YMWI since its inception in 2005. He passed away on October 5, 2010 following a brief illness.
While serving as YMWI‘s first Chairman, Bruhn and President and CEO, Dr. Barry Bittman, championed the initial and ongoing research that established Recreational Music Making as an effective wellness strategy.
“At the time of his passing, there was still so much that Karl wanted to accomplish for thebenefit of the musical products industry and for society at large,” says Terry Lewis, former Executive Vice President of Yamaha Corporation of America and the recently appointed new Chairman of YMWI. “During Karl‘s tenure at YMWI, he and Barry produced convincing and persuasive research to prove the strong connection between wellness and music making. The Karl T. Bruhn Memorial Research Fund will ensure that this vital research continues and that Karl's vision will be fulfilled.”
All contributions to the Fund will be used exclusively for research and may not be allocated for operational expenses. For IRS purposes, YMWI, Inc. has applied for recognition as a 501 (c) (3) organization with a Tax ID # (20-3873790). Donations to YMWI are tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent permitted by law.
Contributions may be made via mail or online; further information about the YMWI is available at:
Karl T. Bruhn Memorial Research Fund
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